The Platinum American Express is loaded with perks if you travel a lot for business or pleasure. Here is how to to get the most CASH value from the $200 airline fee credit. This helps towards the hefty $450 annual fee.
Unlike Chase Sapphire cards you can't necessarily just buy a ticket and get reimbursed on your next statement. AMEX states on their website that this credit is only for incidental fees like inflight wifi, upgraded seats, or badge fees. If you are a business traveler like me most of the forementioned listed items are reimbursable by your company. To get the most value you want to utilize a small loophole by purchasing airline gift certificates. I fly Delta a lot so I loaded up on e-Gift Certificates for my wife.
Caution: there is some trickery involved. You have to find the right dollar amount increment to receive the credit from AMEX.
I tried two increments $50 and $100. So far, I have only received credit for the $50 gift certificate. No luck yet on the $100 one yet.
What has worked for you? Please share your tips in the comment section.